445 - Bachelor's degrees in criminal justice awarded in 2015-16
Fall 2015 - Launch of new doctoral program in criminal justice
4 - UCF campuses offering a bachelor's degree in criminal justice (Orlando, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Valencia West)
1 - Rank of online undergraduate program by bestcolleges.com
About the Department
Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice at
the University of Central Florida.
We are located on the university's Orlando campus in
the Health and
Public Affairs I building. We also have programs and faculty
members at several UCF
Regional Campuses, including UCF Cocoa, UCF Daytona Beach
and UCF Valencia West. In addition, we offer a full range of web
courses in our undergraduate and graduate programs, and we
participate in the university's honors, service learning and
The department currently has 23
full-time faculty members and employs a number of outstanding
adjuncts drawn from Central Florida's professional community. To
complement the faculty, we have a full-time support staff of six,
two of whom are full-time student advisers.
Current enrollment in our criminal
justice programs exceeds 1,000. We accommodate these students by
offering a full range of classes around the clock and throughout
The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to
providing the citizens of Central Florida -- from Ocala to Palm Bay
-- with a full range of services. This commitment is reflected in
our mission statement:
The Department of Criminal Justice
at the University of Central Florida provides excellence in
teaching, research and service. Dedicated to its students, the
faculty delivers outstanding instruction at the undergraduate and
graduate levels, incorporating learning, service and inquiry. The
department also conducts quality research and pursues local, state
and federal funding to advance knowledge in our discipline. By
actively developing meaningful partnerships, it provides exemplary
service to the university and the broader professional and academic
Criminal Justice Programs
For those interested in criminal justice, our
department offers a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science, a
minor and five undergraduate certificate programs (Crime Analysis,
Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Profiling, Victim Advocacy and
Security Management). We also offer undergraduates a series of
service-learning courses; a dynamic internship program that places
students in a wide variety of criminal justice agencies (local,
state and federal); and an honors program.
At the graduate level, we offer a
Master of Science in two tracks; Professional and Research. We also
offer four graduate certificates (Corrections Leadership, Crime
Analysis, Juvenile Justice Leadership and Police Leadership). In
addition, we participate in the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
by supporting a specialized Criminal Justice Track
The department blends the latest
technological advancements in criminal investigations with a public
policy approach to examining crime, criminals and justice policy.
In Orlando, the department operates a fully functioning
crime-mapping lab with the latest software. Both the
Undergraduate and Masters degree programs can be completed
Outside the classroom, our department sponsors two student
Many of our students actively participate in these groups and
work on a variety of service projects in the community. LAE
sponsors a universitywide career fair every year with more than 75
agencies and law schools participating.
One of the benefits of conducting international fieldwork is the opportunity to become engrossed in a different culture.
— William Moreto,
The people I worked with ... put me in every scenario possible and allowed me to experience it first hand.
— Max Thedy,
former student intern who worked with law enforcement rangers in Cape Town, South Africa
I cannot stress enough the importance of the basic research skills and knowledge, combined with an understanding of data analysis for those planning to be leaders in the field of criminal justice.
— Roberto Hugh Potter,
Criminal Justice Department Professor
I would not be in the position I have today if it weren’t for the Criminal Justice Program at UCF.
— Carl Metzger,
M.S. in Criminal Justice, '03; Deputy Chief, University of Central Florida